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VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 4 / Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 / Flos Campi

Composer(s):Vaughan Williams, Ralph
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.557276
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 6.99
 

 


The Fourth Symphony is one of Vaughan Williams’ most dissonant symphonies, and yet one of his most frequently-performed works. Vaughan Williams is normally thought of as a ‘pastoral’ composer – modal, melodic, and inspired by folk-song – but this symphony marks a high-point for British modernism. William Walton, at that time having troubles completing his own symphony and having been to the rehearsals of Vaughan Williams’s 4th, reported glumly to a friend, ‘You are about to hear the greatest symphony since Beethoven’. In contrast Flos Campi conjures delicate pastoral images with wonderfully atmospheric music ranging from a first section, depicting the poet languishing for love, to life-affirming ecstasy in the finale.

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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Vaughan William’s abrasive Fourth Symphony (which has much in common with the Hickox version) emergies in Paul Daniel’s powerful performance as one of the most vital of Vaughan Williams’s works at once chilling and lyrical in its forward thrust. The Symphony is superbly contrasted with a masterpiece from the 1920, the visionary piece, Flos camp,i for viola and orchestra, inspired over its six sections by the Song of Solomon, with Paul Silverthorne a superb soloist. Covering the full range of Vaughan Williams’s achievement, the disc also includes the Norfolk Rhapsody 1 of 1906, representing the composer’s early pastoral style at its most attractive.



Review By ,Scherzo,March 2005


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